Nsabiyumva returns to the fray…as Leopards host Cosmos in NFD cracker

Frederick Nsabiyumva of Jomo Cosmos during the Absa Premiership match between Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns on 27 September 2015 at Olen Park Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Frederic Nsabiyumva

A squad of 19 Jomo Cosmos players and seven officials traveled out of Johannesburg on Friday ahead of their National First Division (NFD) fixture against Black Leopards slated for Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off time at Thohoyandou Stadium is 15h00, and the game will be live on television via SABC.

Ezenkosi fans will be delighted by the return of team captain Frederic Nsabiyumva after the Burundian strongman missed the opening 1-1 draw against FC Cape Town on August 28, due to non-issuance of his permit.

However, with the paperwork sorted during the week, Freddy returns to his defensive duties to be complemented by Ivorian centre back, Ange Dahou Lebahi, who also had his permit issued this week.

Ezenkosi will also be boosted on this road trip by the return of midfield workhorse Thato Sithole, and strike ace Hendrik Somaeb, who rejoined the squad early in the week after playing for Namibia in the Afcon qualifiers.

Cosmos and Leopards had contrasting results on the opening day of the league last month. While the latter lost 2-1 at AmaZulu, Ezenkosi could only manage a 1-all draw at home to FC Cape Town.

When both sides last met in a PSL Promotion Play-off match at Vaal University Stadium last May, the game ended on a goalless note, but Cosmos eventually won the promotion contest by taking six points off Moroka Swallows.

JOMO COSMOS SQUAD TO THOHOYANDOU:

GOALKEEPERS: Williams Okpara Junior, Clement Ramakgasha
DEFENDERS: Frederic Nsabiyumva, Sipho Mngomezulu, Thato Lingwati, Ange Dahou Lebahi, Shane Thompson, Mpho Rasilingwane
MIDFIELDERS:
Linda Mntambo, Thato Sithole, Tebogo Makobela, Tebogo Tlolane, Wiseman Maluleke, Karabo Mkhabela
FORWARDS:
Brice Aka, Nkanyiso Madonsela, Mxolisi Macuphu, Hendrik Somaeb, Sdumo Hlongwane

-Mark Ogagan                                                                         

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